Junior Volunteers assist WVU Hospitals

Program lets students experience work in the medical field

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Forty-one area junior high and high school students are volunteering at West Virginia University Hospitals this summer as part of the Junior Volunteer program.

Many of the junior volunteers are students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. They choose to volunteer as a way to get acquainted with working in a hospital and to start building their resumes at a young age.

“I’m interested in the medical field and planning on going to WVU, and it is a good way to get used to the facility and know what resources I would have,” Adam Williams, a returning junior volunteer who works at the hospital gift shop and in medical records, said.

Many of the junior volunteers are recruited by notices sent to area junior and senior high schools. “It was announced at school that this program was available, and I’m interested in nursing, so it sounded like a good opportunity,” Leah Marshall, a freshman at Clay Batelle High School and first-time junior volunteer who works in the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, said.

Junior Volunteers can work in areas of the hospital such as the gift shop, information desk, medical records, surgery waiting room, Rosenbaum Family House, Betty Puskar Breast Care Center, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Cheat Lake Physicians.

The Junior Volunteer Program was started in the early 1980s and has an average of 40 to 50 volunteers each summer.
For information on volunteer and employment opportunities at WVUH see www.health.wvu.edu.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
KNC: 08-04-09

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